Residents living in colonies near the Indian Air Force ammunition depot have no option but to face the risk of being caught in an accidental blaze. The fire department has refused to give its nod to fire control systems in buildings constructed within the “restricted” limit of the defence facility.
While on the one hand, the fire department is on its toes to ensure safety of residents and is pressurising all housing societies to set their fire control equipment in order, it doesn't seem to be concerned about issuing No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for houses here.
Several buildings in sectors 17, 18, some parts of Sector 14 and around 500 industries in Sector 4 are said to have been built in violation of the norm which restricts any construction within 900-metre radius of the ammunition depot.
Raj Singla of the Udyog Vihar Industrial Association said: “They (fire department) have put all industries in the illegal bracket, whereas the fact is that only 20-25% industries fall in the radius of 900 metre of the depot,” he said.
JN Mangla, deputy president of small scale industries, said: “When we are getting water supply and an electricity connection, than why is the NOC by the fire department such a big issue.”
HS Sihag, chief fire officer, said: “We have got strict instructions from the commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) that NOC should not be issued to buildings in these areas.”
MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal said: “We are not issuing them NOCs. As per the law, there should be nothing around the ammunition depot and these buildings are illegal. By issuing them the NOC, we cannot make them legal.”